Public Education Matters! - Beat the Silent Killer

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OFMEM Crest  Public Education Matters 

                 Enhancing Safety Education and Prevention in Your Community                                         

Issue 114, September 24, 2015

Beat the Silent Killer

“Beat the Silent Killer”:

Second Annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week - November 1-7

Dear Fire Chief, Public Educator/Fire Prevention Officer:

Ontario’s second annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place from November 1 to 7, 2015. This is an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness about the carbon monoxide alarm requirements and how people can prevent the build-up of CO in their homes. 

A variety of resources are available to help you raise awareness in your communities. They include:


Traditional Media Materials:

  • A news release template fire departments can customize and send to local media.
  • A radio public service announcement script that fire departments can take to local radio stations. Ask that the script be read on-air, or ask if a member of the fire department can record the script to be played on-air.
  • Sample tweets that can be used to promote awareness of CO alarm requirements and the prevention of CO build-up. Include hashtags in your tweets so that all CO Awareness Week related tweets are grouped together on Twitter. Any messages or pictures you tweet regarding carbon monoxide should be tagged with #COSafety.
  • A colour web banner that can be added to your website.
  • Public information cards and an infographic that can be posted on websites, Facebook, Pinterest, or used as hand-outs.
  • A poster with CO safety messages that fire departments can use by inserting a picture and the name of your fire chief and posting on websites, Facebook, Pinterest, or used as a hand-out.
  • Qs and As explaining the CO alarm requirements outlined in the Fire Code.

Social Media:

Other Resources:

Resources are available in both English and French on the OFMEM’s  public education resources website.  Follow the login instructions provided: enter PEP as the user name and PEP001 as the password. Open the Carbon Monoxide folder, then the 2015 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week folder and right click on the files you want to download. Click on "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer.

In addition, TSSA’s website has a variety of resources to assist in raising awareness about CO. This includes a “Find A Contractor” site to help the public find local, registered contractors who can inspect their fuel-burning appliances and equipment to prevent carbon monoxide build-up in their homes.

The OFMEM wants to hear from you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your ideas and plans for CO Awareness Week so we can share your successes with fire departments across the province!


Public Education Matters! TVO Kids and OFMEM want you to push two buttons

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OFMEM Crest Public Education Matters 

       Enhancing Safety Education and Prevention in Your Community                                         

Issue 113, September 22, 2015

TVOKids and the OFMEM want all families to

"Push 2 Buttons!"

Dear Fire Chief, Public Educator/Fire Prevention Officer:

TVOKids and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) are partnering once again to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. This year, Ontario families are being asked to test both the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes to make sure they are working.

This year’s fall campaign begins on October 5th and ends on October 18th.

A poster is available to help promote the campaign. Please distribute it as widely as possible in your community: send it to local media, hang the poster throughout your community, or drop it off at local schools and ask that it be displayed during the campaign. Consider asking school principals to make an announcement over the school PA system during morning and afternoon announcements. A script for use in schools is available as well as sample tweets to promote the campaign.

To access the Push 2 Buttons campaign promotional materials: Go to When prompted, enter "PEP" as the user name and "PEP001" as the password. Click on “documents” on the left hand side. Locate the 2015 Push 2 Buttons folder and right click on the files you want to download and click on "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer.

Encourage everyone in your community to “Push 2 Buttons!” and test the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes. Kids at home will love the permission to test the alarms to see if they are working. Adults, whether homeowners or renters, will have peace of mind knowing that they and their families have early warning when they hear the sound.

Kids are encouraged to go to tvokids.comfrom October 5-18th and enter the number of alarms they have tested. The number will be added to the TVOKids “Push 2 Buttons!” counter. Kids will also be able to print a special certificate.


For some added fun, has a great online and interactive fire safety game for children 11 and under. Hot Spot or Not encourages players to identify fire safety hazards in a house or apartment, room by room.


Fire Season 2015

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FD crest   Service d’Incendie Markstay-WarrenFire Department      Smoke Alarm            

P.O. Box 79, 21 Main Street South, Markstay, Ontario P0M 2G0

Tel (705) 853-4536   853-4666   Fax (705) 853-4964

BY-LAW No. 2014-16

Being a By-Law to Establish Open Air Burning Procedures



The Municipality has an open air burning By-Law; By-Law 2014-16, this by-law regulates times and conditions where residents can burn out doors. Along with that there are Rules and Regulations in which you must adhere to.

The new by-law now enforces burning throughout the entire year, where in the past you needed a permit only from April to November now you need a permit to burn all year long.

If the Fire Department is called out to extinguish a Fire at your residence and it is determined that the Regulations were not followed YOU WILL be CHARGED. Fines are set out in the By-Law.


Visit the Fire Department Web Site to review the By-Law

Bylaw 2014-16.pdf


OFMEM EMO crests


The province issues a Red Alert to provide recommended immediate actions to protect citizens, their families and others when there is an imminent threat to life, public safety or property.

When is a Red Alert issued?

Red Alerts are coordinated by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and can be requested by Community/Ministry Emergency Management Coordinators or issued directly by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre.

Some situations in which a Red Alert may be issued include:

  • Large fire or explosion
  • Chemical leak or spill
  • Nuclear emergency
  • Transportation accident                                                                      

How is a Red Alert Issued?                                  

Red Alerts can be distributed through:


EMO website, RSS feeds, Twitter, Email notification, Facebook, Television, Radio, Internet media, SMS text messaging


Carbon Monoxide Alarms It’s the Law

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Carbon Monoxide 101

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood have insufficient air to burn completely. This can happen in any appliance or device that burns these fuels such as a stove, furnace, fireplace, hot water heater, vehicle engine, portable generator, etc.

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. In high concentrations, it can be fatal.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

CO alarms and smoke alarms are two important safety features that help keep our families safe.

CO alarms range in price from approximately $26 to over $100 depending on whether they are hard-wired, battery operated or plug-in and whether they have additional features (i.e. battery back-up, digital display, etc.). The average mid-range plug-in/battery back-up model is between $35 and $40 per unit.

CO safety is a shared responsibility. Ontarians will be encouraged to learn about the risks associated with CO inhalation and install and maintain CO alarms as required by the new regulation. Homeowners and landlords are now obligated to install CO alarms.

Compliance Timelines

All homeowners who have existing CO alarms must comply with the maintenance requirements effective Oct. 15, 2014. Homeowners may have an existing CO alarm in their homes because it was installed to meet the 2001 Building Code, a municipal bylaw, or because he/she wanted one in their home for their own safety. These new changes now make sure homeowners keep the CO alarm in good working order according to manufacturer's instructions.

Single-family homeowners and owners of residential buildings that contain no more than six suites have until April 15, 2015, to comply with the law's installation and replacement requirements. Owners of residential buildings with more than six suites have until Oct. 15, 2015 to comply.

Bill 77 (Hawkins Gignac Act [Carbon Monoxide Safety], 2013)

Bill 77 (Hawkins Gignac Act [Carbon Monoxide Safety], 2013), amended the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, to allow the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to require the use of CO alarms. The Ontario Fire Code, a regulation established under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, has now been amended to include requirements to lessen the risk created by the presence of unsafe levels of CO.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Install CO Alarms Today